8 Alternatives to the Singularity From Grumpy Futurists

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A group of futurists, spreading the word through Twitter, have developed an ever-evolving Google Document that contains dozens of mostly humorous, generally radical future scenarios.

Titled "Alternatives to the Singularity," a reference to the oft-cited vision of a future in which greater-than-human intelligence has changed everything, the document is "a collaborative presentation for/by grumpy futurists." Anyone can edit it as long as they drop a Twitter handle in as a credit. It began August 3 and was up to over 50 slides when I encountered it this afternoon.

You, too, can contribute visions of the future. Just head to this Google Doc: Alternatives to the Singularity.

Below, you'll find my top eight futures of the 50 in the document.

Via Brain Picker.

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Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, where he also oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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